One other note just so the prices are out there.
Gila area of New Mexico. If you draw a tag an outfitted hunt is $5,000 for a good outfitter, USO, chappel etc.
Arizona elk hunt fully guided is $6,000 on average, Kourey guides, McClendon, Mossback etc all charge this.
Utah elk 9 day hunt is $10,000 for mossback and $7500 for a few other good outfitters.
these are all hunts where you will probably take a 350 or better bull
For bulls less than 300 you can go to colorado and get 5 day fully outfitted hunts for around $3500 plus tag fees and gas and lodging etc. total for your colorado raghorn is about $5,500!
I've shot over 30 elk and even the 315 bulls I've shot in my area with drawn tags still run me about $2,000 just for the hunt due to fuel and food. Face it guys you forgot to add in all those scouting days and one scouting trip to your local mountains rund you $30 for food and at least $150 in fuel per day! I'm sorry but if you saved $300 a weekend and skipped your scouting trips you could easily save up for africa and kill ten times as many animals fast.
Now yes I'm sure some people actually live in the mountains they hunt but thats about as rare as finding someone in africa who will let you DIY hunt.
I have to jump to the side of the fence that says africa is much cheaper.